How to Fish in Isleton, California

by Jaime Swanson
Children under 16 in California don't need a fishing license.

Children under 16 in California don't need a fishing license.

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Isleton, California, is about 60 miles east of San Francisco. Isleton is also part of the California Delta Chamber and Visitors Bureau, which comprises chambers of commerce and visitors bureaus across the 1,000 miles of navigable waterways of the delta. If you're a novice angler, or someone who has been fishing for 40 years, you will be able to do so in and around the Isleton delta area after you check off a few simple tasks from your to-do list.

Step 1

Visit the California Department of Fish and Game website (, click the tab for "Recreation," and click "Fishing."

Step 2

Determine which fishing license applies best to you -- resident or nonresident annual licenses, or a one- or two-day license. Any person older than 16 must have a license to fish in the state of California. Purchase your license online, from license agents or at DFG offices.

Step 3

Fill up your tackle box. Bob's Bait Shop on Second Street, Martin's Rainbow Resort on Brannan Island Road and Oxbow Marina on Oxbow Marina Drive will have all the gear you need -- rods, reels, hooks and bait -- to plan your day accordingly.

Step 4

Choose a location in the California Delta near Isleton to fish. The California Delta Chamber website suggests "The Dump Gate," near where the gates to the city's landfill stand. Another fishing spot, known as The Century Plant, is identified by a huge cactus that goes by this name. Fishing for stripers and sturgeon is good there in the fall, the website says. Finally, the Isleton Fishing Dock is good for those who don't want to venture far from a bait store, as it is located across the street from Bob's Bait Shop. So gather your license and gear and head to the waterfront.

Tips & Warnings

  • California offers two free fishing days a year for people older than 16 to fish without a license. This will allow you to determine if fishing is a sport you wish to take up before shelling out for an annual license.

About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.

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